Wineurasia dominates free practice at Sepang

Back for the second round after a two-month break, the teams headed out on the Sepang International Circuit for the first official sessions of Round 2 of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup today.

Wineurasia dominates free practice at Sepang
#94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3: Matthew Solomon, Aidan Read
#25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP2: Michael Munemann, Dean Koutsoumidis, James Winslow
#25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP2: Michael Munemann, Dean Koutsoumidis, James Winslow
#1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3: David Cheng, Ho-Pin Tung, Thomas Laurent
Ambiance in parc ferme
#51 KCMG Porsche GT3 Cup: Paul Ip, Akash Nandy, Yuan Bo
#9 Jagonya Ayam with Eurasia Oreca 03R Nissan: Sean Gelael, Antonio Giovinazzi
#6 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3: Adderly Fong, Andrew Palmer
#9 Jagonya Ayam with Eurasia Oreca 03R Nissan: Sean Gelael, Antonio Giovinazzi

Aidan Read dominated both free practice sessions, placing the #94 Wineurasia Ligier JSP3 firmly at the head of the field, with times of 2:00.201 in the first session, and 2:00.512 in the second. His team mate for this round, Tanart Sathienthirakul was almost as quick, setting a best of 2:00.447 in FP1.

They are clearly out to make up for the points lost from last round, following the stewards’ decision to exclude the #94 from both races. Their appeal against Aidan Read’s silver categorisation fell through, meaning that the driver line-up wasn’t conform to the regulations, and so lost their points and the lead in the championship.

DC Racing and PRT Racing follow in the Free Practice results, with the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 driven by Jamie Winslow going 2nd quickest in FP1 with a best of 2:01.042, and going 3rd quickest in FP2. Charlie Robertson set the best times for the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3, giving them 2nd in FP2 with a time of 2:01.221, after already being 3rd fastest in FP1. Nexus Infinity’s #27 ADESS 03 was 4th quickest in both sessions, with their best time of the day being 2:02.927.

The #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, the sole CN entry this weekend, set their quickest time of the day in the second free practice session, 2:04.206, placing them 5th overall. The car will be driven by Neiric Wei and Iroi Kumura this weekend.

In the GTCup class, Team NZ was quickest in class in both sessions, with Graeme Dowsett and John Curran sharing the wheel of the #77 Porsche GT3 Cup, their quickest lap of the day being 2:13.529. The #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC was 2nd fastest in FP1, with a time of 2:16.699, but couldn’t make FP2 due to gear box issues. The #11 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC was second quickest in FP2, with a time of 2:14.475. The best time set by the #98 Team Lotus HK Lotus Exige Cup R was 2:27.089.

In other news

• Due to the late arrival of the car from Europe, PS Racing’s second entry this weekend, an ADESS 03 which will be driven by Ringo Chong and Alan Yeo, was only released from customs this morning and will take part in tomorrow’s sessions.

• Team AAI have had to withdraw from the event, as they could not get their ADESS 03 fixed in time. They will be back for the last round.

• The teams are looking forward to getting out and racing, with the qualifying sessions tomorrow morning deciding who will be on pole for races 3 and 4 of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, the first of which will be tomorrow afternoon at 13:55 local time.

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